March 26, 2021
The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly passed amended legislation (H.R. 1868) that would postpone a 2% cut in Medicare payments, which is scheduled to take effect on April 1. The amended bill—if agreed to by the House of Representatives—would delay these cuts through the end of 2021, giving ASHA and allied stakeholders additional time to push Congress to provide a long-term solution. The 2% payment cuts are the result of a law enacted in 2011 that requires automatic across-the-board cuts to impose fiscal restraint on federal spending, referred to as sequestration reductions.
The cuts have been delayed several times over the past year through previous legislative action. ASHA has engaged in sustained advocacy to extend the moratorium through sending letters to Congress urging action, meeting with members of Congress, supporting members of Congress who introduced legislation, and participating in coalition efforts that would delay the cuts through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
ASHA will provide additional information to members as developments warrant.
For questions, please contact Jerry White, ASHA’s director of federal affairs, health care, at firstname.lastname@example.org.